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Roche: Fritz Gerber

Roche announced that former Group CEO and Chairman of the Board Fritz Gerber died at 92. Gerber served as group CEO from 1978 to 1998 and decentralized the company's structures. Under his leadership, Roche acquired a majority stake in Genentech, took over Boehringer Mannheim, and acquired PCR technology. After retiring as chairman in 2001, he remained an honorary chairman throughout the rest of his life. 

Gerber was also on the board of IBM and created the Fritz Gerber Foundation for Gifted Young People.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.